The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, November 30, 2009

Nov 30, 2009 4:15am

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Desk Assistants PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CARRIE HALPERIN and CLAUDIA MORALES

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HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Health Care or Troops Surge in Afghanistan? Dems, GOPs Disagree Over Spending Priorities” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Health bills fail to block illegals from coverage” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “MIT analysis backs Obama” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Dems look for deal as Sen. debate begins” LINK

USA Today's John Fritze: "Eight influential senators play key roles in health care debate" LINK

USA Today: "Comparing health care bills: House vs. Senate" LINK

The Hill's Jeffrey Young: “Seven issues to watch as Senate begins amending healthcare bill" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Senate Debate on Health Bill Set to Begin Monday” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen: “Senate ‘Horse Trading’ Begins as Democrats Take Up Health Bill” LINK

DINNER CRASHERS:

New York Times' Matthew L. Wald and Eric Schmitt: "Secret Service Agents Interview Intruders" LINK

Newsweek's Michael Isikoff: "White House Guest List Chief Says She Quit Post" LINK

Washington Times' Tom LoBianco: "Senators want party crashers punished" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Shira Ovide, Sam Schechner and Bob Davis: “Party Crashers Seek to Sell Their Story” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

New York Times' Jeff Zeleny: "Vital Tests for Obama on Mandate for Change" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Critical Decisions This Week on Batch of Obama Initiatives” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Senators Sanders, Graham Debate Afghanistan” LINK

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “President Obama’s Big Afghan War Strategy Sell” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Foreign Policy: 2009’s Top Thinkers” LINK

Politico’s Daniel Libit: “Jason Chaffetz: Bring home Afghan troops” LINK

Politico’s Staff: “Iran building 10 new enrichment sites” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Obama ‘realism’ faces Afghan test” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “Lawmakers wary of Afghan war plans” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim: “Iran plans 10 more large nuclear plants" LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

USA Today's Jim Michaels: "Afghanistan plan entails more than troops" LINK

The Boston Globe's Farah Stockman: "Afghan war cost grips both parties" LINK

New York Times' Peter Baker, Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger: "Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit" LINK

The Associated Press: "Senator: Local Forces Key to Afghan War Success" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Paul Richter: “White House emphasizes the positive in Afghanistan" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi J. Dreazen and Michael M. Phillips: “U.S. Cool to Surge in Afghanistan's Own Force” LINK

Bloomberg’s Catherine Dodge: “Obama Plan Must Help Speed Build-Up of Afghan Army, Levin Says” LINK

The Washington Times’ Matthew Mosk: “Obama faces hard sell on Afghan decision” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Boston Globe Editorial: "In GOP primary, Scott Brown" LINK

The Boston Globe's Political Intelligence: "Republican blasts ACORN reprieve" LINK

The Associated Press: "Maine's Moderate Republican Senators Thriving" LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / STIMULUS:

ABC News’ John Cochran: “Unemployed, Underemployed Look to Jobs Summit for Help” LINK

USA Today's Emily Bazar: "Unemployed U.S.-born workers seek day-labor jobs" LINK

USA Today's Matt Kelley: "Undercounting concerns stimulus investigators" LINK

USA Today's Lindsey Anderson: "Ailing U.S. economy delivers a blow to 'medical tourism'" LINK

USA Today's Julie Schmit and Jayne O'Donnell: "Black Friday effect: Weekend sees rise in shoppers" LINK

USA Today's Julie Schmit and Jayne O'Donnell: "Holiday shoppers increase; spending steady" LINK

The Boston Globe's Jenn Abelson: "Pop-up stores: Now you see them, now you don’t" LINK

Time's Massimo Calabresi: "Will Dodd's Bipartisan Push on Financial Reform Pay Dividends?" LINK

New York Times' Jason DeParle: "Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades" LINK

New York Times' Jackie Calmes: "Debate on Creating Jobs, Without Raising Deficit" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Gary Fields: “White House, Business Leaders Split on How to Create Jobs” LINK

IRAN:

New York Times' David E. Sanger and William J. Broad: "A Defiant Iran Vows to Build Nuclear Plants" LINK

CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT:

The Los Angeles Times' Shane Goldmacher: “Recycling centers close, eliminating 'green' jobs" LINK

CONGRESS:

The Boston Globe's Brian C. Mooney: "Up against the clock in Senate race" LINK

New York Times: "In Congress, a Generation Gap on Abortion" LINK

The Boston Herald’s Edward Mason: “Duke’s backing no sure bet” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today's Joan Biskupic: "Lawyers challenge anti-fraud provision in Supreme Court case" LINK

The Associated Press: "Report: FBI paid controversial blogger for help" LINK

New York Times' Vikas Bajaj and Graham Bowley: "Arab Emirates Aim to Limit Dubai Crisis in Pledge to Banks" LINK

New York Times' Op-Ed Columnist Ross Douthat: "A Generation in the Balance" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Sanders, Graham Debate Afghanistan” LINK

“Global Warming Partisan Divide’ LINK

“The Future of Afghanistan” LINK

“Health Care Debate” LINK

“Sanders: No Line in Sand on Healthcare” LINK

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